Dell have announced that their Mini 10 netbook will get a GPS option next week in the US. The 10-inch netbook will be offered with Dell's Wireless 700 location solution as an option, which will use both a hardware GPS chip together with WiFi triangulation to acquire positioning data. They'll also include CoPilot.
Like Sony's PSP phone rumors, talk of a new Dell smartphone refuses to die. After the leaked image earlier this month, now the Wall Street Journal is tenuously suggesting that Dell have been experimenting with Android-based prototypes. Two people who have seen the prototypes have described them as "slightly larger than Apple's iPod touch"; however another person has suggested both that Dell may begin shipping the device later in 2009 or "the plan could be delayed or scrapped entirely."
You'll need more than a passing familiarity with the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 to spot the mod here, so we'll give you a hefty hint: it's the fingerprint reader in the right-hand side of the palm-rest. MyDellMini forum member Rich decided he wanted biometric login functionality in his netbook, so inserted the guts of an Eikon fingerprint reader into the Mini 9.
The 11.6-inch netbook/CULV segment continues to look to be the next area of growth in budget ultraportables, as display panel manufacturer Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) are tipped to have secured orders with both Dell and Samsung. The company has been demonstrating the 11.6-inch panel along with a 13.3-inch version intended for CULV machines at the Display Taiwan 2009 expo.
Listen hard, and you can hear T-Mobile USA's exasperated groans all the way from Bellevue. Some sly tipster has slipped Engadget the carrier's roadmap for the remainder of 2009, and there are some juicy details in there for anybody awaiting the T-Mobile myTouch 3G (aka HTC Magic), a 3G-enabled netbook, or the HTC Touch Pro2.
It might not quite match the 128GB SSD upgrade we saw performed on the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 back in April, but Active Media Products' SSD upgrade kit for the netbook is a whole lot more affordable. Promising either 16GB or 32GB of capacity running at twice the speed of the Mini 9's standard storage, they promise to be a straightforward swap.